From October, 2013

Everyone Can Be Good at Math

Please spare me protestations to the contrary: “I’m just not a math person.” We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. Worse, you may be helping to perpetuate a pernicious myth that is harming underprivileged children—the myth of inborn genetic math ability. Is math ability genetic? Sure, to some degree. Terence Tao, UCLA’s famous virtuoso mathematician, publishes dozens of papers in top journals every…

Wanted: Adult Supervision at the Department of Homeland Security

Everyone should be disturbed by this story: President Obama has now moved to place a new team at the head of the Department of Homeland Security, nominating Jeh Johnson for secretary of Homeland Security, to join Stevan Bunnell as general counsel. Both men are eminently qualified, but they’ll need to hit the ground running. At least with respect to immigration enforcement, Homeland Security is an agency that has lost sight of its own policies. The result is that several hundred thousand of the immigrants passing through state or county jails each year are then flagged on DHS orders—often in violation…

New Bulletin: The National Security Agency Doesn’t Like Being Thrown under Buses

So, we know that the Obama administration is claiming that the president did not know that the National Security Agency was bugging the communications of foreign leaders like Angela Merkel. I don’t believe these denials, and I certainly hope that they are not true, because I think that the question of whether we should spy on friendly foreign countries and whether we should bug the phones of friendly foreign leaders is important enough to land on the desk of the president of the United States. But regardless of whether the protestations of ignorance are true or not, they have the effect…

About that “If You Like Your Health Insurance, You Can Keep It” Pledge

It was nonsense from the beginning. And the White House knew it: President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years. Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to…

Is Anyone Home at the White House?

Apparently, the president of the United States was unaware that American intelligence agencies tap the phones of foreign leaders. Like Stephen Bainbridge, I don’t expect an American president to “know everything that goes on within Leviathan,” but this particular issue seemed important enough to stay on top of, no? More here, where we learn that the president’s ignorance regarding this particular intelligence project lasted for “nearly five years.” I am smacked by gob.

The Bottomless Disaster that Is the Obamacare Rollout

Once again, they pull me back in: Obamaphiles are finally forced to admit that the White House’s previous assurances regarding Obamacare–that it would allow those who like their insurance to keep it–had the unfortunate tendency to not coincide with the truth. David Axelrod now informs us that “most people” will be able to keep insurance plans that they like–a far cry from the president’s promise that all people could keep their insurance plans if they liked those plans. The White House confirms the walkback from the president’s original promise. In the meantime, don’t expect for a moment that this is an isolated…

More Really Bad Obamacare News

Apparently, this kind of post will be a theme on this blog for a while yet. Which I am not happy about, by the way. Nearly half a million Californians will lose their health care plans, despite being promised that they could keep those plans if they liked them. If Mike Rogers is right, the entire website may have to be rebuilt in order to prevent cybertheft, all of which may serve to cause other nightmares with Obamacare registration. Oh, and the website is having connectivity issues, because of course, people trying to sign up for Obamacare don’t have enough problems…